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Garden Spot: Indoor or Out

Posted by Scott Mise | 05.08.2015

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Girl Watering Potted FlowersSpring is a great time to get your hands in the dirt and plant some flowers. If you don’t have lots of space or time try planting a container garden. It’s an easy and fun way to add a splash of color to a deck, patio, or front step.

  • Choose a container that fits the location you’ve planned for your “garden” and make sure it has hole to drain.
  • Select a mix of plants with different heights, colors and textures.
  • Annuals can add instant color and most will bloom throughout the summertime.
  • Select your plants based on sun exposure. For shady areas, consider using impatiens, coleus and begonias. Petunias and geraniums love the sun!
  • The additional thing you’ll need is potting soil and water. Be sure to check with your local nursery for other ideas about which plants will work in your climate and sun exposure.

While the nice weather this time of year allows us to enjoy planting outdoors, you can also enjoy plants on the inside all year long. Besides brightening up your home, houseplants also help clean your indoor air which is known to be far more polluted than the air outside. Plants can filter out pollutants from chemicals found in furniture, carpeting, house hold cleaners, paint, plastics, glue and more.

Here a list of great plants that help improve indoor air quality all year long:

Spider plant – a hardy plant for those with lacking a green thumb
Aloe – perfect for that kitchen sun
Azalea – these do well in cooler temps such as your basement
Bamboo palm – likes the shady places
Chrysanthemum – colorful and loves a sunny spot
Peace lily – gorgeous when it blooms and likes shade and regular watering
Snake plant – thrives in humid, low light places like a bathroom

Still stuck on where to put plants in your house? Place the most plants in the rooms you use the most. Happy planting, inside or out!